India may pull peacekeeping troops out of Lebanon
Thursday, August 24, 2006
A new U.N force, comprising of troops from Italy, France and other nations is being organised to act as a buffer between Israeli forces and Hezbollah, following the recent conflict between the two. Diplomatic sources say the withdrawal decision may have been taken because the new mandate involves peace-enforcement as opposed to peace-keeping. India, which is currently the second-largest troop-contributor to U.N peacekeeping operations, will wait till the expiry of the current mandate on 31st August before handing over its positions to the new force. The contingent from the 4th Sikh Battalion is currently engaged in rescue and rehabilitation work following the recent weeks of conflict, in which one of its peacekeepers was critically injured by shrapnel from an Israeli shell.
- Press Trust of India. "India may pullout troops from Lebanon" — , August 24, 2006
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